Fun Canapés For Your Drinks Reception

It’s so important to feed your guests properly throughout your wedding celebrations – because let’s face it, who’s happy on an empty stomach? There are so many different functions throughout your celebratory week,  (or maybe even month) but one of the most important, is perhaps the cocktail hour before your wedding reception, where there should be no cutting corners at all. It all kicks off with your Hors d’Oeuvres, sliders or canapés or whatever you wish to call them. They may be small, but trust us, your guests will love you for them. Think outside the box when it comes to presentation to give your guests the perfect welcome. Here are our top 5 delicious small-bites to give you some inspiration:

1. Street food snacks


Take your guests on a journey and stop bang in the middle of the rustic streets of India. Whether you opt for spicy chana jor garam or masala cashews and peanuts, serve these finger-licking snacks in newspaper cones to give your guests the authentic Mumbai experience.

2. Martini papri chaat


Serve mouth-watering papri chaat in clear martini glasses if you are looking to add a bit of sophistication and glamour to your drinks reception. Even 007 would find it hard to say no to this delicious appetiser.

3. A bit of British


If there’s one thing us Brits love, it’s our fish and chips. Complemented with salt and vinegar, serve in rustic local paper with wooden forks to give your guests that true British seaside experience. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.

4. Poppadum scoops


These mini poppadums are a great way to add a bit of fun to your drinks reception. Top with your personal favourite pickles and chutneys from mango to chillies, these canapés will go down treat with your guests.

5. Skewers


When it comes to skewers, anything goes and the choices are endless. Bring more flavours and colours by serving a selection of skewers from tandoori chicken to grilled vegetables accompanied by mint raita, there’s something for everyone.


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Alternative Wedding Favour Ideas

We often find our couples in a bit of a pickle about what to offer to their guests as a favour. They know they want to give out something, they just can’t seem to decide on exactly what. You see, no bride wants her carefully thought-out wedding favours forgotten or left behind, and long gone are the days of thanking your guests with organza bags filled with sugar-coated almonds (yikes!). These days, anything goes, but remember to choose something that is in keeping with your theme, reflects your personality and will be adored by your guests. To help you make this all-important decision we’ve handpicked 5 of our favourite wedding favour alternatives to give you some inspiration.


1. Lollipop macaroons


Fun, colourful and delicious – everyone loves macaroons. Choose from a selection of flavours and colours to suit your theme and present with a customised sleeve to add a bit of personality. Perfect for any couple looking for a sophisticated, yet nonchalant wedding favour.


2. Mix-tapes


Remember waaaaaaaaay back to the mix-tape days? Create a CD of your favourite songs that tells your story as a couple or memories of your single days for your guests to take away. This gift will be sure to leave your friends and family reminiscing of all those good times. The key to this favour is all in the presentation – go one step beyond the plastic cover and design your very own pretty music label that works with your style.


3. A bit of bubbly


Miniature bottles of champagne – it would be rude to say no! Spoil your guests with a bit of sparkle and they will obsess over these for the entire night. Pop-open these miniatures during the speeches making it the most luxurious favour of them all.


4. Lego men and women


A personal favourite of ours! Whether your bridesmaid reminds you of Wonder Woman or your best man is Darth Vader obsessed, there’s a Lego man (or woman) for all your guests. A truly thought-out wedding favour that can reflect each guest’s personality, both adults and children will love this.


5. Midnight snack


Who doesn’t love wedding favours that involve food? Once the dinner has been served, the bar emptied and the last song of the night played, treat all your guests with a midnight snack hamper before they leave. They’ll need it after showing off all their moves on the dance floor. Ideal for couples wanting something practical yet delicious.


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7 Wedding Guarantees From Carriages

For us, our brides and grooms are so important and lets face it, no matter how much fun wedding planning can be, it is also one of the most stressful and confusing times a couple (and their families) go through. With that said, we are here to make things a little easier and to take the load off your shoulders so you can truly enjoy the months to come and not wish your special day away.

Just like the 7 vows made at the mandap, we’ve put together our very own 7 promises for all of our present and future brides and grooms-to-be, as a guarantee when you book our services.

1. Unlimited contact
Whether it is via the telephone, online or face-to-face, we guarantee to be there for all of our couples, no matter the time of day or even the time zone.

2. Exclusive supplier lists
We will give all of our couples a list of our amazing, trusted and reliable suppliers, who we know will work just as hard as we do to bring your vision to life.

3. Save you money
We promise to negotiate on your behalf and get you the best price possible.

4. Create a personal and memorable day
We will always incorporate your personal style and story into your special day to make it truly memorable for years to come.

5. Attention to detail
Whether it be setting up your favours and name cards to making sure the cake stand and knife are in place, we will take care of ever little detail so there are no last minute surprises.

6. Follow the event schedule
With a detailed event schedule put together months before the day, accounting for every minute along with contingency plans, we will ensure that everything runs according to your wishes.

7. Be the go to person
To make sure you and your guests enjoy the celebrations without worrying or running around, we will be on hand for you, your families, suppliers and guests. No request is too big or too small.

If you would like to book your complimentary consultation contact a member of our team on 0116 268 8804 or email us on


10 Classic English First Dance Songs We Know You’ll Just Love

Ah, the first dance – one of the most intimate and sweetest moments of the entire wedding day. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll have already established a song that’s unofficially ‘yours’, but if you haven’t then picking a first dance song isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Do you opt for a timeless classic and keep it safe? Or do you go with something a little off beat and different? Whatever your preference, we’ve selected a few personal favourites to give you some inspiration for that all-important decision.


1. Etta James – At Last

This song needs no introduction. ‘At Last’ is a classic, feel good song that will leave your guests in tears.


2. Jack Johnson – Better Together

For something a little more upbeat yet romantic, Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ is perfect, especially if you decide on a beach wedding.


3. Ben E King – Stand By Me

This is a truly timeless classic and will get everyone singing along by the final chorus.


4. Will Young – Your Love Is King 

Originally by Sade, ‘Your Love Is King’ is the perfect jazz number, especially if you have a live band at your wedding reception.


5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

A popular choice for many couples in 2015, this beautiful ballad has become a modern classic and ideal for that all-important bridal Waltz.


6. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

If you’re looking for a modern song that feels like an old classic ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges is a great choice.


7. Enrique Iglesias – Hero

If you’re looking for a romantic (yet almost cheesy) ballad, this is the one for you. It’s the one song everyone forever loves (or loves to hate).


8. Ellie Goulding – Your Song 

This rendition of Elton John’s 70s song is fit for any royal couple. After all, it was perfect for Prince William and Kate Middleton.


9. Eva Cassidy – Songbirds

This isn’t your standard Waltz or Fox Trot, but a simply beautiful first dance song sure to give all your guests goose bumps.


10. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

One of the best known Sinatra songs, this swing favourite will be sure to impress.